Saturday, January 05, 2008

Delmar Bicentennial Cookbook

The Delmar Bicentennial Cookbook was issued to celebrate the National Bicentennial event in 1976. The cookbook had 216 recipes in it, and some of the people recognized for their efforts involved in compiling the cookbook were;
Irene Culver - General Chairwoman of the Delmar Bi-Centennial Committee
Miriam Binebrink - Maryland Co-Chairwoman
Bonnie Bogardus - Maryland Co-Chairwoman
Jean Ellis - Delaware Co-Chairwoman
Pauline Hammond - Delaware Co-Chairwoman
Etta Elliott - Cookbook Committee Chairwoman
Pearl Calhoun - Cookbook Committee Chairwoman
Nettie Kenney - Cookbook Committee
Edna Williams - Cookbook Committee
Elah Hearne - Cookbook Committee
Ruth Mack - Cookbook Committee
Aline West - Cookbook Committee
Pattie Krewatch - Cookbook Committee
Florence Zeller - Cookbook Committee

A sample

From the Kitchen of Laura Phillips
Oyster Pie
Pastry for 2 - crust 9" pie
1 1/2 pts. oysters (3 cups)
1/3 cup butter or oleo
1/3 cup flour
1 Tbsp minced parsley
1 tsp. salt
pepper to taste
Put all ingredients into pie plate lined with crust.
Cover all with other crust & bake at 400 degrees until brown.

From the Kitchen of Aline West
Beaten Biscuit
2 qts. of sifted flour, a tsp. of salt, a Tbsp of sweet lard, 1 egg; make up with 1/2 pt. of milk, or, if milk is not to be had, plain water will answer; beat regularly, but not hard, until the dough blisters & pops. Pull off some of the dough; roll it into a ball with the hand; flatten, stick with a fork, & bake in a quick oven. It is not beating hard that makes the biscuit nice, but the regularity of the beating.

From the Kitchen of Mrs. Mae Oliphant
Sweet Potato Pie
4 cups mashed potatoes
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups milk (1 large can evaporated milk with regular milk added)
1/4 cup butter or margarine
4 eggs, well beaten
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1 Tsp. Coconut flavor
Mix. Makes 2 pies. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes, 45 to 50 minutes at 375 degrees, or until set.

Misc Websites

Here are a couple of websites related to Delmar, Laurel and Delaware you might want to look at.

Laurel Public Issues at Newszap

Delmar Public Issues at Newszap

Delaware Public Issues

And there is this one announcing Mike and Katrina Wedding
mike and katrina wedding

PFC Robert B. Hayman 1945

From the January 5, 1945 Bi State Weekly


The Church Service will be read for Pfc. Robert B. Hayman, on Sunday, January 7th at All Saints Episcopal Church at 7:30 p. m.

Pfc. Hayman, age 20, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lyndal C. Hayman, of Delmar, Delaware, was with the First Army in Germany when the report came that he had died in the service of his country.

Your prayers and presence are requested.

Friday, January 04, 2008

The Delmar Caboose

While searching around today for something historical to write about Delmar I decided on how the Delmar caboose got here. For those of us who moved here after 1976 the caboose has always been here. The caboose however didn't arrive until June of 1976 in time for the Bicentennial. Like most things getting it here didn't happen by itself. It took the efforts of a number of people to make it happen. George Truitt and Grover Lecates were two. They had been trying for 20 years to get a caboose into Delmar to use as a Railroad Museum. In 1976 with the help of the Delmar Bicentennial Committee they were able to succeed in that dream. The caboose cost a $1,000 and the money was raised by fundraising events and the sale of cookbooks. I came across one of those cookbooks at a flea market this past summer and snatched it up. Anyway, with that effort the caboose arrived in June of 1976 covered in plywood painted the yellow color of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad. It also had some damage to it. When the plywood was remove the familiar red of the former Chesapeake and Ohio was still on the caboose. In 1976 the caboose was considered obsolete and parts to replace the damaged sections were hard to find, but the damage was repaired and the caboose was ready for the 1976 Bicentennial.

1976 Ad - Bank Of Delmar

Children Names - Adolph

I was recently reading a book called “Stones from the River” by Ursula Hegi. In the book she mentions how Germany families in the 1930’s and early 1940”s often named their male children after Adolf Hitler. I had not thought much about boys being given that name but I guess it is logical, as he was a leader,and I come from a family that over the years has had it share of George Washingtons, Jefferson Davis, and Robert Lees. My great grandfather was named Jackson Beauregard Bayly, the names were based on southern generals naturally. On a local level my father was named after Doctor Howard Lynch who worked in Delmar and my brother was named after Maryland State Senator Robert Fulton Waller. Naming people after other people does have it draw backs as Adolph/Adolf Hitler proves. I understand after World War II many of the boys who were given that name had it changed or simply went by Dolf or Dolph. That website of accuracy, wikipedia, states there are five circumstances in Germany in which one is allowed to change their name. One of those reasons is having an unfortunate or offensive name, such as Adolf Hitler. I understand in France it is illegal to name a child Adolph Hitler.

It is interesting that of the Americans I know who have the name Adolph or Adolf they were all born in the 1930’s and they were all Jewish. Altho they kept the name as a legal name none went by Adolph but were usually called Ad, or Adi.

It's Miyoko's Birthday

Happy Birthday Miyoko Yagi. Since you threaten me for giving out your age last year I won't say how old you are, but Happy Birthday!!!

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Veteran Homes and Town Hall

In the 1940's and 1950's Delmar, Delaware had a town hall/police department/jail on First Street. In 1946 in order to help with the housing shortage created by returning veterans the town had 16 units of emergency housing built. The rent for these units went directly to the town. The units were two structures on 2nd street with 4 units in each structure and four structures on Jewell street with two units each. I have heard rumors that not just veterans rented the apartments but anyone who could had the pull with the town to move in. In 1959 the town had enough of the apartments and sold them to Alex Pollitt of Salisbury for $2,039 for the apartment structures and $300 for the old town hall. He had to move them so I guess somewhere the structures may still exist. In 1959 the current post office was built on the corner of Grove and First.

The structures being moved in 1959

Jake Turns 16

Keith and Lisa's dog, Jake, turned 16. Happy Birthday Jake!!!

News Journal Mock Poll

The News Journal today had the results of a poll they took to see who would vote for which presidential candidate. The Republican side was a surprise to me. Ron Paul lead by a substantial amount. Goodness, are other Delawareans thinking the same way I do and feel Ron Paul would be a good choice? The Democrats, of course, were more tightly bunched with Obama and Biden neck and neck followed by Hillary Clinton. I don't put much faith in polls, but if a person answered the poll he or she will probably vote for that candidate in a real election.

Sweeney Todd

At last, my right arm is complete again!

I drove over to Ocean city last night to watch Sweeney Todd. The last time I saw Sweeney Todd was in 1980 at the Kennedy Center in Washington. It starred Angela Lansbury and George Hearn in it and I thought it was a great musical, so when I heard Johnny Depp was playing in the movie version of it I had great fear it would end up of like his other movies. Let me say I am not a Johnny Depp fan, Willie Wonka and Captain Jack Sparrow I felt were the limits of his acting ability. He did however pull Sweeney Todd off. In spite of Tim Burton direction of Halloween makeup and drab scenery and about a zillion times more blood than in the play, it was an entertaining movie. It had a number of actors from the Harry Potter Movies in it so you had that cross over effect. I found the computer model backgrounds, movie today must have, to be irritating and I thought it reminded me of the London rooftop scenes in Mary Poppins.

Since I am a retired Accountant one of a number of things I do that disturbs my family is watch the movie credits to see who was the accountant for the movie. Sweeney Todd had Don Walker as the Financial Controller.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Drive In looking for a spot

Elbert forwarded this email to me;


There has been updated information put on the Diamond State Drive-In
Theatre Website (

In addition to reproducing the poster that some of you may have seen
during the closing days of the 2007 DSDIT season, we have added
information about our search for a new home for the Diamond State
Drive-In Theatre, and what you can do to help us.

We are looking for 6+ acres of land in Kent or Sussex county in
Delaware, or Caroline county in Maryland. If you own or know of
someone who owns a parcel of land and who is willing to discuss sale
or long term lease, please email
, including your
name, phone number, location and acreage of the lot. We will get back
to you promptly.

Thank You.

James Cayz /
Diamond State Drive-In Theatre
Delaware's ONLY open Drive-In! 302-284-8307
Rt 13, 2mi North of Felton, DE
9758 S. DuPont Hwy, Felton, DE 19943
[GPS Lat:39.0296 Long:-75.56275 ]

Parks and Recs Meeting

There is a Parks and Rec's meeting tonight at 8PM at Town hall. I am sure planning for events in the summer will be taking place now so if you want your input heard now would be a good time to go to a meeting. In the middle of summer is not the time to go bitching about the lack of basketball, now is the time to attend the meetings.

Bank of Delmar

The Bank of Delmar was created in 1897. The original 1897 bank building which the bank moved from in 1929 became the Delmar Maryland Town Hall until the early 1980 when the Bank of Delmar swapped an old photo lab building for the Town Hall and built a new bank building over top the original buildings. I don't know why the Bank of Delmar building has a stained glass window that says 1896, perhaps the building was started in 1896. The original people when the bank started were Col. Clarence Hodson, president; F G Elliott, Vice President; J G W Perdue, Cashier; S M Ellis, Assistant Cashier. For a while the Bank of Delmar had competition from the First National Bank which was originally located in the building where Campbell's Barber Shop is located today. The bank vault is still there (no money left in it). The First National Bank was started in 1904 and voluntary liquidated in 1941. Also today in 1899 Sussex Trust opened an office in Laurel at Central and Market.

Today the Bank of Delmar is know as the
Bank of Delmarva

Salisbury Times, January 2, 1929

First Bank In The County, Outside of Salisbury, Will Occupy Handsome Structure


Original Investment Has Returned 4 To 1 While Books Show Surplus of $70,000

Returning four dollars for every dollar original invested and accumulating a reserve surplus of almost three to one is the thirty one year record in banking established by J G W Perdue and Samuel M Ellis, cashier and assistant cashier respectively, of the Bank of Delmar.

The Bank of Delmar will occupy its attractive new building located on the south side of State Street tomorrow and has extended an invitation to the public to visit the new building between nine o’clock and three o’clock tomorrow January 3rd.

The new building is thirty by sixty two feet and is of brick and stone construction. It is modern in every respect being equipped with tile floors in the lobby, cork floors in the working room, an oil burning automatic thermostat controlled heating plant, and double vaults. The double vault is 10 x 22 feet, made of 18 inch steel reinforced concrete with a door of 10 inch steel. The vault was manifested at 33,000 pounds when billed for shipment by the manufacturer.

This was the first bank established in Wicomico County outside of Salisbury and predictions were freely made at the time that it would fail. The bank opened for business on May 8, 1897 with a capital stock of $25,000, subscribed more as a matter of pride in Delmar than in the hope of earning dividends.

Instead of failure, records show that the original stock has received $411 per share in dividends, that there is a surplus of $70,000 with $3,000 listed as undivided profits.

Total resources are listed as $645,345.49. The capital stock in 1919 was increased by $40,000.

While the directors and officers of the bank have done their part in making this record much of the credit is given to Mr. Perdue and Mr. Ellis who took a special course at Goldeys College in Wilmington in order to prepare themselves for the work before the doors were opened in 1897.

Gardner L. Hastings is president and Robert H. Lowe vice-president at this time.

The Bank of Delmarva Today

Monday, December 31, 2007

Sunday, December 30, 2007

African Queen

This morning at 6:15 AM in 1958 the African Queen broke in half about 9 miles off of Ocean City. Let me say that Shores of Delmarva, on Oct 28, 2007 also did a post on this sinking.
The first SOS was heard by the Ocean City coast guard station at 8 AM and they launched their 35 foot rescue boat immediately. At the same time boats from Cape May were dispatched and a number of helicopters from Chincoteague and Quantico. The African Queen had been running in rough weather all night and suddenly hit the shoal and broke into. The ship drew 32 feet of water and the water dept atop the shoal was 24 feet. At the time of the breakup the seas were running 4 to 8 foot waves with 20 knot winds. The Norwegian Captain ( Kai Danielson) said they had been traveling at four to six knots. Most of the crew were German, Norwegian, Danish and Sudanese. All 47 members were removed safely to Ocean City where they were quarantined until immigration officers from Baltimore processed them.

The African Queen was 590 foot, registered at 13,800 tons and was built in 1955 at Kiel, Germany. It was owned by African Enterprises Ltd, registered in Liberia and operated by Packard Shipping Company. The African Queen was carrying 21,000 tons of crude oil from Columbia to Paulsboro, NJ (outside of Philadelphia). The oil was valued at that time between $600,00 to $700,000. Part of it was pumped off the part of the ship that did not sink, the rest went into the ocean. Let’s see, if it was 21,000 tons of crude and at 7.3 barrels to the ton at today prices of lets say $100 a barrel so today it would have been valued at $15,330,000. The interesting part was in the true ocean front wrecker tradition everyone in the area made for the tanker to steal something. It was an incredible free for all hauling stuff off the ship. A good account of that is here.
The sunken part of the African Queen is on the dive circuit now. It was an interesting time with the news coverage being nationwide and a number of reporters coming in for coverage.